May 23, 2019

Southwest Harbor’s water mains ruptured for second time

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – For the second time in three days, construction and utility workers struck a downtown water main, bursting the pipe and sending water everywhere but where it should be.

Pemetic Elementary School closed at 10 a.m. Thursday after utility crews hit an old pipe and knocked out water service to the school on Main Street, according to Town Manager Kenneth Minier. The latest main break was repaired and service had been restored by 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Minier said. On Tuesday, construction workers struck the downtown water main, and also damaged phone and electricity cables, knocking out service for the entire day in some areas of the community.

The water main problems are not expected to prevent the contractor, Peasley & O’Halloran of Ellsworth, from finishing the project by June 20, Minier said.

The contractor is replacing the downtown water lines for the town and also the stormwater pipes for the state. Town officials expect Main Street to be paved by June 20. New sidewalks will be constructed in the project area and streets will be lined, just in time for the start of the busy summer tourism season on Mount Desert Island.

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